|Pencil Me In ... slipcovers for You.||
With my eyes closed, I said, "There's no such thing as a decorating emergency. There's no such thing as a decorating emergency. There's no such thing as a decorating emergency" as I clicked my boots together three times. But for every rule, there is an exception, and my friend is the exception to the rule. So when I opened my eyes, she was still there with fabric and ribbon in hand explaining the emergency situation that required quick turnaround on a wingchair makeover for her daughter's quick move due to a flooded apartment complex.
Here is my quick solution to this dilemma. This I call a draping hybrid. You may wish to try this at home, but I must warn you it is not as quick or easy as it may seam. Draping as many of you know is slipcovering in it's simplest form. The classic "company's coming cover up" I call it. For this wingchair, I began with draping, but added a few quick seams to keep things in place. For each component, only one cut of fabric was used: so the chair frame cover is one piece of fabric, the cushion cover is one piece of fabric, and the pillow cover is one piece of fabric. The green grosgrain I love, but wanted to give the young recipient the option of changing out color seasonally to her taste, so all ribbons removable. Even the ribbon covered buttons are pinned in place. As busy as spring scheduling is, I turned this project around in a few hours, although generally I follow Martha Washington's philosophy of working "steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket" and never entertain rush jobs. But for every rule there is an exception. But only for this friend.
Breaking up is hard to do? Not so for this lovely lime pair of tufted attached back swivel rockers in very nice condition. One would be used in the den filled with darling grandchildren and would require a washable fabric. The other desired a more sophisticated look for the master bedroom, and likely would serve as a modern day butler and lady's maid.
As you will see in the gallery below, the end use of the cover, as well as the weight and hand of the fabric choices, influence the overall design and construction details. The cotton ticking stripe was loosely fitted with ties and the chenille animal print tightly tailored. Of course that leaves us with the chance that someday the lovely lime pair will reunite.